DB: Olympic all-around gold medalist and Dancing with the Stars contestant Suni Lee was pepper-sprayed by a racist passerby in Los Angeles, she said in a new interview.
— Pioneer Press (@PioneerPress) November 12, 2021
American Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee reveals she was pepper-sprayed in racist attack https://t.co/8BuivFAmOn
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The 18-year-old champion said she and a group of friends, all women of Asian descent, were waiting for an Uber when a car full of people drove close enough for one of the occupants to pepper-spray her on the arm.
Olympic Gold Medalist Suni Lee Was Victim Of Racist Pepper-Spray Attack https://t.co/lZy46lOaYR
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The people in the car shouted racist taunts at Lee and her friends like “Ching chong” and “Go back to where you came from,” she said. She said the incident made her feel helpless and cry:
“I was so mad, but there was nothing I could do or control because they skirted off. I didn’t do anything to them, and having the reputation, it’s so hard because I didn’t want to do anything that could get me into trouble.
Suni Lee attacked with pepper spray: Auburn Olympian victim of anti-Asian violence https://t.co/zcQWTfQ3Zh
— Auburn Tigers | AL.com (@aldotcomTigers) November 12, 2021